choice at that [point] to release it or not release it.”
Wu general RZA has explained he intends for the album to be viewed as a piece of rare art. The producer/rapper compared Once Upon A Time to the work of great visual artisans.
“Owning a Picasso doesn’t mean you can sell prints or reproductions, but that you’re the sole owner of a unique original,” said RZA. “And that’s what Once Upon A Time In Shaolin is. It’s a unique original rather than a master copy of an album.”
The number 88 was chosen because of the Wu-Tang Clan’s connection to numerology. There were 8 original members of the Wu, 8 is the sum of the digits in the year 2015, and 8 turned on its side represents the infinity symbol.